Are you in the process of planning your LGBTQ+ wedding but don’t know where to turn for advice?
It can be disheartening when you feel as though most of the well-known, prestigious wedding planning resources are not really relevant to you. But there are, in fact, an increasing number of resources focused on the unique requirements of LGBTQ+ couples that can help you plan like a pro, and keep the stress at bay. Here’s our list of the top 10 wedding planning tools you need to check out right now.
GayWeddings.com by WeddingWire
WeddingWire is one of the largest online marketplaces for wedding vendors worldwide, and now they offer a website tailored towards the particular needs of LGBTQ+ couples. As well as extensive vendor listings, GayWeddings.com provides real wedding inspiration, tips and advice, and planning tools for wedding registries, guest lists, budget management, and a whole lot more.
Rainbow Wedding Network
Established since 2000, Rainbow Wedding Network is a big name in the LGBTQ+ wedding industry, providing excellent quality resources and an online vendor directory that covers virtually all areas of the country. They also run a number of LGBTQ+ Wedding Expos throughout the nation, so you can browse vendors and find inspiration in person!
Aimed at hetero and LGBTQ+ couples alike, OffbeatBride.com provides some incredible inspiration for those looking to walk the less traditional path on their wedding day. It provides fantastic insight into real couples’ experiences of organizing their unique days, as well as planning tools and advice that celebrate inclusivity and diversity at every stage.
Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding
Equally Wed fills a gaping hole in the market for a wedding planning guide aimed squarely at LGBTQ+ couples. Penned by Kristen Palladino, co-founder of the equally helpful website of the same name, the book makes a thoughtful engagement gift or great coffee table book that you can delve into whenever the planning mood takes you.
Gay Weddings & Marriage Magazine
Real stories, tips, LGBTQ+ friendly vendor lists – the Gay Weddings & Marriage website and print magazine has it all, presented in stylish detail. They also have advice for married life and LGBTQ+ family planning available, so you can start thinking ahead after the big day itself.
EnGAYged Weddings offers an extensive directory of LGBTQ+ friendly wedding vendors, arranged by state, so you can easily find what you’re looking for in your particular area. There are friendly forums that enable you to ask for advice from couples going through similar planning stages or who’ve been there and done that. It also offers tips and advice on the planning process, as well as information on same-sex marriage laws and licenses by state.
Established since 1999, Purple Roofs offers comprehensive listings and resources for planning an LGBTQ+ friendly honeymoon, with vetted travel destinations and accommodations based all around the world. They also provide travel news and advice for gay couples, as well as listings of LGBTQ+ events happening far and wide.
Gay Wedding Planner app
Plan on the go with the Gay Wedding Planner app that covers everything you need to know about organizing your LGBTQ+ wedding, featuring resources including vendor listings, professional advice, checklists, venue recommendations, DIY wedding décor inspiration, and much more. The app also syncs to your existing social accounts, such as Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, so you can start the planning process straight away and link up with any information you’ve already gathered.
We couldn’t have a list of wedding planning resources that didn’t include Pinterest! Use Pinterest to find inspiration on absolutely everything from invitations to aisle decorations to wedding outfits to honeymoon planning. Create separate boards for each aspect of your wedding so you can easily compartmentalize your ideas. Pinterest serves as a fantastic jumping-off point to help you discover the kind of wedding style you like, so you can do more detailed research down the line.
The largest and most well-established wedding website in the country, The Knot offers a good amount of content for LGBTQ+ couples. There is also an enormous number of resources available, such as planning checklists, wedding day timelines and budget planners. Whilst not many of these are geared specifically towards LGBTQ+ couples per se, the ideas are still applicable, and with their excellent mobile app, you can plan from anywhere!
When all is said and done, you need vendors that you can trust for your LGBTQ+ wedding. Reliable transportation, for example, will ensure that the rest of your day runs smoothly and that every part of your carefully-planned wedding will be remembered for all the right reasons. At ZBest, we specialize in providing a fully inclusive wedding transportation service, without judgment, no matter what your situation. We provide friendly, dependable wedding transportation service, backed by years of experience serving couples just like you on their big day.
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